Welcome back to "The Joys of Cooking." If you are just now joining us you can catch up on last week's post here. This week we are going to talk about how the internet can ease the stress of cooking, especially for new cooks.
How many of you have looked at "food porn (I know its a horrible term, but I didn't create it)" on Pinterest? I know I do all the time. Sometimes I'm worried that my keyboard may stop working from all of the drool. Okay not really but some of that food looks seriously delicious.
Now how many of you have actually made any of those drool worthy treats or mouth watering meals? No? Why not? I am guessing the main reasons are one of the following: it looks too difficult, you are afraid to come out of your comfort zone, or you do not have the ingredients you need. Guess what! None of those are valid answers when you have the world at your fingertips.
Enter the internet. We use this great tool for almost every aspect of our lives. Why not use it in the kitchen too? I know that I often have my laptop in the kitchen with me otherwise I end up running to the living room in the middle of cooking to look something up. If you have never used your computer as resource in the kitchen then you definitely need to check out the following tips on how the internet can help you:
Find Recipes - This is probably the most obvious one, but you can look up recipes for any and everything on the internet. Even if you don't know what you want to make. Head over to Recipe.com and input what you have on hand, and they will tell you what you can make for dinner. There are a ton of websites that offer this feature, so play around and see which one you like.
How To Videos - Don't know how to do something no problem. When I was making Ginger Lime Grilled Shrimp that I told you about yesterday I had no idea how to handle fresh ginger. I wasn't sure if I needed to peel it before I shredded it or if I could just shred it as is, so I pulled out my handy dandy laptop and googled it. Guess what? I found a nifty video on Youtube that showed me exactly what to do. If you are wondering, you do peel fresh ginger before you grate it. Moral of the story - if you don't know how to do something Google it, and more then likely the answer will be right at your fingertips.
Ask Questions - Did you find that recipe on a blog and the instructions were a little confusing? Ask away. I have found this to be a great help to me here lately. Being new to Whole30/Paleo I sometimes am unsure of what ingredients they are using, and everyone I have asked questions to have been more then helpful. *Note - I would recommend that you read through the other comments first because your question may have already been answered.* Most (not all) bloggers will answer you within a day or two. They love to help you make their creations. Don't forget to give them feedback...especially if you loved it! Everyone loves some good feedback, and if it didn't work out then they may be able to troubleshoot with you to help it come out better the next time.
Hopefully these tips will help to ease your anxiety in the kitchen. Cookbooks are a great tool, but sometimes you just need some extra help.
Here is your assignment...go find something delicious on Pinterest and make it. Then come back here and tell me how it worked out. I would love to see a pic that I can drool over!
How has the internet helped you in the kitchen? Do you have any additional tips on how the internet can help ease the stress of cooking?
Next week we are going to talk about making mistakes in the kitchen. Everybody does it, but that doesn't mean your meal is ruined!